Leeds United youngster Sam Byram has told Shoot magazine that he does not take too much notice of comparison made between him and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.
Back in May 2013, Neil Redfearn, formerly the Leeds’ academy chief who was also in charge of the first team for most of last season, compared Byram to the former Tottenham Hotspur winger.
“For me, looking at Sam, I remember Gareth Bale coming onto the scene and looking like something similar,” Redfearn told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I do think Sam has got that sort of ability to go on and become that type of player. From our point of view, he is a tremendous young talent.”
Byram, who is a right-back by trade but played as a right-winger for a good chunk of last season, has played down the comparison, showing remarkable humility in doing so.
“Obviously to hear him say something like that is nice coming from him,” the 21-year-old told Shoot magazine.
“Not sure I would agree personally, obviously Gareth Bale is doing unbelievably well at one of the best teams in the world.”
Bale also started his career as a defender, making his name in the Premier League as a rampaging left-back.
The Wales international, now considered as one of the best players in the world, features as a left-winger these days.
Byram is only 21 years of age and has a lot of work to do before he can attain the same stature as Bale, but there is no doubt that he is a talented young player.
The Englishman, who enjoyed a breakthrough season at Leeds in 2012-13, will play an important role for the West Yorkshire outfit in the 2015-16 campaign, as the Whites aim to finish in the top six of the Championship.